Learn what types of materials you can expect to find in reclamation yards and how to inspect the items before you buy.
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Example Items: Mantelpieces, complete fireplaces, hearths
When buying a complete fireplace, make sure all items are present. For period fireplaces, check that tiles are original and that they fit the surround. Look out for cracks or chips in stone components.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement
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